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Sometime Life Gets in the Way of Life

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Blog, Front Page, Out and About | 0 comments

Sometime Life Gets in the Way of Life

All of my performances will be cancelled till mid July 2017. This is a pic of me getting discharged, in good spirits and of course clad in tie dies! The Xray is a before and after shot. There inserted a pin in my femur secured with some screws. So now I will trigger scanning devices for life. The other Xray is blurry, and the trained eye quickly spots four breaks. The last pic is unrelated and shows my Achilles heel – its the tropical sunburn that results from failing to put sun screen on my ankles. Undergoing daily physio, and looking...

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Just Announced – June 3, 2017 with David Essig

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Blog, Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Just Announced – June 3, 2017 with David Essig

Just Announced – I’m thrilled once again to share the stage with my good friend David Essig at the Freetimes Cafe. It’s a small intimate listening room and a great opportunity to see the artists up close and personal. More info to be posted closer to the...

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Sitting in with the Jerome Tucker Band

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Sitting in with the Jerome Tucker Band

This is exciting for me. I will be joining Jerome’s band on Sunday April 2 2017 at the Lindsmore Tavernand play a few tunes them. I dont think I have ever sat in with a full band before. Hope to see you there. 

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Guinness Book of World Records Longest Concert Attempt!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Guinness Book of World Records Longest Concert Attempt!

I’m thrilled to be a part of this momentous event.In Canada’s 150th year, Epidemic Music Group, The Earl of Whitchurch and a massive community of music lovers will be taking the Guinness world record for “Longest Concert by Multiple Performers”. This will be a 16 day, 24 hour a day concert raising money and awareness for 16 charities. This is truly a David and Goliath moment in history, but our community is strong and our determination is immeasurable. This is truly a proud Canadian moment. My sets are both on March...

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BLUZ FM Hour with Brian Gladstone

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Front Page, Out and About, Whats New | 0 comments

BLUZ FM Hour with Brian Gladstone

Tune into my segment on Bluz Fm on JAZZ.FM91 with Danny Marks which will air this Saturday Feb 11 from 10 to 11 PM. We will be talking about a variety of topics including local music scene, the role of music in society, and of course highlights of the upcoming Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival. We will be spinning tracks from Winterfolk artists including Brian Blain, Mike McKenna, Lily Frost, MrRick MusicAmericana, The Small Glories, Jack de Keyzer, HOTCHA!, Denielle Bassels, David Essig, Noah Zacharin, Kim Doolittle. Thanks Danny for...

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Arts Night for Animal Rights Dec 3

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Arts Night for Animal Rights Dec 3

A night of singing, poetry, comedy. Come out and support your AR freinds, and enjoy the delicious vegan eats at D-Beastro. Arts Night for Animal Rights – A night of singing, poetry, comedy and Brian. ARt Night for Animal...

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Winterfolk XV Preview & Brian’s Birthday Party

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in Blog, Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Winterfolk XV Preview & Brian’s Birthday Party

Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Visit the FB page for more info.  Presented by Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the festival and as a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for festival founder and...

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Urban Folk Art Salon Oct 27 – Mt. Pleasant Library

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Urban Folk Art Salon Oct 27 – Mt. Pleasant Library

Mount Pleasant Library presents Urban Folk Art Salon with host Gannon Hamilton and a mix of other artists including Brian Gladstone Mount Pleasant Library presents Urban Folk Art Salon Urban Folk Art Salon Oct 27, 2016 Send Urban Folk Art Salon Oct 27, 2016 to Google...

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Nahsville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Nahsville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Don’t miss the first Winterfolk Preview at the Free Times on Sunday Oct. 30th from 8:00 to 11:00 pm – we have a stellar cast that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy: with Tony Quarrington,Brian Gladstone, Mr. Rick, Melanie Peterson,Suzanne Jarvie, Laura Fernandez, HOTCHA! and Michael Costantini – and of course Glen Hornblast as Host! We’ll also have free CDs for the best Costumes! There’s a $10 Cover and all proceeds go to keeping Winterfolk going – one of the best Winter Folk Festivals anywhere! Hope to...

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Cooler weather makes musical Medicine a welcome tonic

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Blog, Front Page, In The Press, Whats New | Comments Off on Cooler weather makes musical Medicine a welcome tonic

Cooler weather makes musical Medicine a welcome tonic

Summer is officially over and, as if watching the calendar, Mother Nature has begun offering a taste of the cooler weather to come.  While many will cope with the change in part by getting flu shots over the coming couple of months (I’m glad I did last year, I can say unreservedly) other tonics are available that help bolster your mood as the temperatures fall —and few would dispute the beneficial health effects of that. Even before he became newly health-conscious well over a year ago now, Roots songwriter, guitar ace andWinterfolk Festival...

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Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show Sept 24

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Blog, Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show Sept 24

The Resurrection of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show is only a day away! On Saturday Sept 24th we launch the fall season of a most groovy open stage and jam. We are now starting at 1:00 PM at The Freetimes Cafe . I missed all of you over the summer! We’ve have really established a community for artists to hang out, meet their friends and fans, play some tunes, eat the great Freetimes food, and most of all – have fun. Attached are a few images from our last few events, just before the summer. Thanks as always for the great Wayne Neon...

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The Resurrection of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

The Resurrection of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

The Resurrection of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show ! Great news everyone – we are restarting the Saturday afternoon open stage and jam at Free Times Cafe Sept 24th. Yippee. Note the new earlier start time of 1:00 PM – let’s see how that goes. These are a few photo’s from the last show, taken just prior to the summer break. We have created a wonderful creative environment for artists to perform, hang out with the roots community, but mostly enjoy the matzoh ball soup! See you on the 24th. Let’s rock the...

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15 stellar artists recording Tony Quarrington songs tonight

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

15 stellar artists recording Tony Quarrington songs tonight

Reprinted from Toronto Moon – I’ve written a few times now about the remarkably diverse talents of Tony Quarrington, a composer, arranger/producer, guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and ubiquitous musical sidekick to highly regarded artists like Noah Zacharin, Brian Gladstone and Soozi Schlanger among many others. The Juno-winning “renaissance artist” —as I described him in an article about his unique six-song operatic Jazz composition “Emily’s Songs” in October 2014— is about to see his public profile get another much deserved boost...

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First fundraiser to complete Gaidies album tonight at Free Times |

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blog, Front Page, In The Press | 1 comment

First fundraiser to complete Gaidies album tonight at Free Times |

From Toronto Moon  As I mentioned in the introduction to the heartfelt obituary that Brian Jantzi wrote about Folk songwriter Christine Gaidies after her untimely passing last month, I never knew her, even though we were friends on social media for a little while. Those who were close to her describe Christine as an optimistic, sunny personality and perhaps that can in part be seen in how she never bemoaned her medical situation and if anything underplayed it in her social media posts even as the cancer was robbing her of vitality and...

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Tribute to Christine Gaidies Aug 18

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

Tribute to Christine Gaidies Aug 18

Over 15 performers playing 2 songs apiece starting at 8:00 pm: We go from 8:00 to 11:30 pm – I’ll do my best to accommodate folks, but this is the tentative order of performers: Brian Jantzi, Michelle Lecce, Sean Peever, Peter Mathieson, The Curries, Jean Baillargeon, Joanne Crabtree, Glen Gary, Herb Dale, Tony Hanik, Lynn Harrison, Harpin Norm Lucien,David McLachlan, Ruth Jenkins, Philomene Hoffman, Brian Gladstone. I think there might be a few folks who can play a Christine Gaidies song – that would be great (but not...

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The Songs of Tony Quarrington Recorded Live Aug 27

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blog, Front Page, Whats New | 0 comments

The Songs of Tony Quarrington Recorded Live Aug 27

Be a Part of a New Tribute CD – Recorded Live off the Floor ‘The Songs of Tony Quarrington’ 15 Artists playing the music of Tony Quarrington Laura Fernandez – HOTCHA! – Stuart Laughton – Wayne Neon – Isabel Fryszberg – Soozi Schlanger – Wendell Ferguson – Fraser & Girard – Jon Brooks – Joe Hall – Glen Hornblast – Brian Gladstone – David Storey –Howard Gladstone – Sebastian Agnello With house band Margaret Stowe, Tony LaViola, Malcolm...

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Shooting a Documentary This Week

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | Comments Off on Shooting a Documentary This Week

Shooting a Documentary This Week

Shooting a documentary by filmmaker Michael Belanger at my place to celebrate Lynn Harrison‘s monthly series The Bridge on “Place” Michael thought my guitar wall would provide a good backdrop, and today he interviewed several artists who have preformed at The Bridge, including Debra Alexander, Kristina Kiil, and myself. Of course this is the talking portion, as the live performances have already been shot at the last view Bridge events. The video will be released in a few weeks. Can’t wait to see the finished...

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Boy’s Guitar Night

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Boy’s Guitar Night

Had a great time last evening at BOY’S GUITAR NIGHT on D’Arcy Wickham‘s patio with Glen Hornblast, Tony Quarrington, and myself Brian Gladstone . It was a perfect warm summer night for sitting outside and making music with friends. We strummed, picked, sang, and enjoyed a few beverages, as we shared songs and stories of the road and life. Let’s do it again next month...

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Smokin’ Guitars Joins Stellar Lineup at Nashville Bound June 17

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Smokin’ Guitars Joins Stellar Lineup at Nashville Bound June 17

Just a few days till the next Nashville BOUND – Friday JUNE 17th – at the Free TIMES CAFE ! I think Glen Hornblast has outdone himself this time with a super stellar line up. All good friends, and all my favorites! Artists include Laura Fernandez, Tony Quarrington, Rick Zolkower aka MrRick MusicAmericana, myself Brian Gladstone, and of course Glen Hornblast. Come out to Free Times Cafe and enjoy the fine cuisine and great music. Hope to see you...

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Gladstone to play at Animal Rights March Closing Ceremony

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Gladstone to play at Animal Rights March Closing Ceremony

I’m looking forward to the march, to do my part to stop cruelty and suffering to animals. I’m especially looking forward to playing some tunes for all of you during the memorial at the end of the march. June 11th is my 6 month anniversary of going vegan, so the timing couldn’t be better It is my honour to be involved with such a worthy cause and walk with like minded people. Our voices will be heard. It will be a great day for all. Get Involved and make a difference. 4th Toronto March to Close Down all Slaughterhouses! 4th...

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Nashville Bound Salute to Jazz and Blues June 17

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Nashville Bound Salute to Jazz and Blues June 17

The next Nashville Bound is a Salute to Jazz & Blues – with some amazing guests: Tony Quarrington, Laura Fernandez, Brian Gladstone, Mr. Rick, and myself Glen Hornblast as your friendly host. It takes place on FRIDAY JUNE 17th from 8:00 – 11:30 pm at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. – I hope to have the talented Tom Hamilton accompanying some of us on fiddle – hope you can make it! Great Food, Great Beer – $10 cover! Hope to see you there! More info is...

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Protest March to Close Slaughter Houses June 11

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Protest March to Close Slaughter Houses June 11

This is my first protest march since the 60’s! I cant think of a more worthy cause. More Details...

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Playing Mike McKenna’s Birthday party

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Playing Mike McKenna’s Birthday party

Playing at Mike McKenna‘s Birthday party tonight at Black Swan Tavern. Its going to be a rocking night of monumental proportions. The acoustic performers open the night, and my set time is 7:30. I’m very honoured to be included. Hope to see you...

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Back In the Studio

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, Whats New | 0 comments

Back In the Studio

Back in the studio tomorrow with Margaret Stowe and Tony Quarrington hopefully lay down 5 guitar tracks for some of my new songs. I tend to write above my ability to play, so they take me forever to learn and I practice insessently. Sometimes I will work on a tune for over a year to get it clean and up to speed. As primarily a ‘finger-style’ guitar player I do things in reverse order from most artists. I like to do the guitar first, and use that as the bed tracks. Then all the other tracks to follow have to work around...

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Vegan Rock 8 a Total Success!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Blog, Front Page | 0 comments

Vegan Rock 8 a Total Success!

It was a great night at Vegan Rock! 8 thanks Dyniss R Rainer and Greg Stuart for making it happen, and thanks to the artists, bakers, sound guy,Pamela Joy at the door, the wonderful audience, Toronto Vegetarian Association and everyone else who participated! We really made a strong statement and supported Veganism and promoted the fight against cruelty to animals. So glad I was a part of this historic night. Thank you all for attending another hugely successful Vegan Rock! event. Together we raised about $800 for the Toronto Vegetarian...

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